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Perfect White Rice


This foolproof recipe can be used to make basmati rice and brown rice, too.

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  • Servings: 4

Source: Everyday Food, October 2003


  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 cup unconverted white rice


  1. Bring 1 3/4 cups water and salt to a rapid boil in a 2-quart saucepan. Stir rice into boiling water. Return mixture to a boil; reduce heat to a simmer.

  2. Cover; cook without lifting lid to prevent steam from escaping until rice is done (15 to 20 minutes; check toward end of cooking time). The rice should be studded with steam holes when done.

  3. Let stand, covered, 5 to 10 minutes, then fluff rice with a fork.

Cook's Notes

To cook brown rice, increase the amount of water to 2 1/4 cups and the cooking time to 30 to 40 minutes; check rice after 30 minutes.

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